Why is Pigeon Pose so Awesome?

Before a yoga class begins, I like to ask students what they would like to focus on. Over half of the time, students shout out “hips”! Some even specifically request the most well known hip-opener: pigeon pose. As ubiquitous as the bird it shares a name with, this pose is a great hip opener and …

Style, Brands & Reviews: OH MY! Find the Yoga Mat that is Perfect for You, Stress Free

Are you looking for the yoga mat that is just right for you and your practice? Feeling overwhelmed by the many candidates? Stop, take a breath, chill on the research. Read on to find your yoga mat the right way. Your Mat, Your Practice Yoga mats play a major role in modern yoga practice. The …

Sitting Sucks. Yoga Can Help.

How many hours do you sit in a day? What effect does this have on your body? On your mind? We sit. We sit a lot. People sit for work, on a drive to work, during lunch, during meetings, coffee out with friends. This sedentary posture is so common that many people schedule in their …

Nickeled & Dimed in Yoga: Why do Yogis Work for Free?

Most people do not get into yoga for the money, despite the industry being worth over 10 billion dollars in the US. Becoming a yoga teacher requires an incredible amount of dedication and costs, including monetary and personal. Yoga professionals are aware that a lucrative yoga market does not necessarily translate to a lucrative yoga …

Using your Yoga Practice to Burst the Busy Bubble

  We are all guilty of multitasking and pretending to be busy. In the era of social media where notifications constantly beep for our attention, it is fair to say a lot of us are distracted. The other day, I went for a walk. It was beautiful and sunny outside, and still I caught myself …

A Yogi’s Guide to Dharamsala

There is no place quite like Dharamsala. The blend of Asian cultures, diverse tourists and the stunning natural beauty provide a traveler with ample opportunity to explore yoga, meditation, food, museums and temples. I stayed in The Dharamsala area for 6 weeks, and put together a rough guide of my favorite best yoga spots to …

Yoga For Nature: A Global Yoga Community Inspiring Deeper Connection with Nature

Yoga fosters a deeper connection between the body and the mind. Can it help foster a deeper connection to nature as well? The Yoga For Nature community and its founder, Phil Dickenson, thinks so. I recently spoke with Phil to learn more about him and Yoga For Nature. Read on to hear Phil’s story and …

A Peek into a 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India

About 10 days ago, I traveled to Rishikesh, India for a one-month yoga teacher-training program. Why Rishikesh? Rishikesh possesses multiple identities. It is a holy city to Hindus, marked by the Ganges River (often referred to as “Mother Ganga”) flowing through it. The city is also called Tapo Bhumi, translated as “place for meditation of …

Powerful Pictures: How does Yoga Imagery Influence You?

A week or so ago, I saw a picture of a frog riding a turtle. It looked like the frog was catching a ride on the turtle’s back- it made me genuinely smile. Not long after the photo was splattered around the Internet world, another article emerged- this one discrediting the picture and revealing it …

Can These Yoga Poses Make You Powerful?

One of my all time favorite TED Talks (see below) is about how your body language affects your interactions with other people and your general outlook on life. Dr. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, describes the importance of our body language (also called non-verbal behavior) and how it affects they way other people judge us. …